Rebekah Brooks Arrested Again

A picture taken on July 1, 2011 shows Chief Executive of News International, and former editor of Britain's News of the World newspaper, Rebekah Brooks, at the men's single semi final at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.  British police on July 17, 2011 arrested Rebekah Brooks, the former head of media mogul Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper wing, over the phone hacking scandal, British media reported. Scotland Yard said in a statement that a 43-year-old woman had been arrested over allegations of phone hacking and corruption. They would not confirm it was Brooks, 43, and there was no immediate comment from News International. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: LEON NEAL/2011 AFP

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of News of the World, was one of six arrested in a new round of hacking scandal detentions in the U.K today. It’s a piece of déjà vu — Brooks was taken into custody last July — but this time, her horse-breeder husband Charlie is reportedly also among those detained. Horses have galloped into the hacking scandal recently: Last month, prime minister David Cameron “was forced to admit” that he’d ridden a horse the police had lent the couple.* It was a mini-scandal the press called “Horsegate,”  and cast the prime minister’s friendship with Brooks in a certain light he found unflattering.  But perhaps Charlie’s implication in the case has more to do with the strange incident last summer, when he unsuccessfully tried to recover from a security guard a laptop, paperwork, and phone that were found in a bin outside the couple’s home and later passed on to the police. At the time, he claimed they were his and not his wife’s, and so had nothing to do with the unfolding scandal.  Still, as of yet, it remains unclear what prompted this latest round of arrests.

* This post originally confused the giver with the recipient of the horse.